The Secret Barrister once used the words ‘squirrel sex’ to justify a poor exam result during a pupillage interview

Avatar photo

By Thomas Connelly on

Anonymous super-blogger drops biggest hint to true identity so far


As lawyers took to Twitter over the weekend to share their own amusing pupillage interview stories, blogging heavyweight The Secret Barrier (SB) couldn’t resist recounting his own tale of woe and, in the process, dropping perhaps what is one of the biggest clues as to their true identity so far.

In recognition that pupillage interview season was now upon us, Red Lion Chambers Joanna Hardy encouraged her colleagues to share their amusing anecdotes in a bid “to cheer everyone up” during what “can be a stressful, miserable time.”

Unable to resist, barrister and published author SB revealed they once tried to justify a particularly disappointing exam result with “an explanation that included the words ‘squirrel sex'”. Suffice to say, SB’s reason (which, let’s face it, raises more questions than it does answers) didn’t go down too well with the panel.

The nutty anecdote led many on social media to claim he (or she) was playing a dangerous game and risked being unmasked by those who were present during what would have surely been a memorable interview.

James Chalmers, a regius professor of law at Glasgow University, wrote: “There is surely no way that the interviewers do not remember *exactly* who you were”, while television producer, Duncan Hess, commented: “Well, if that doesn’t blow yer cover, nothing will. #SquirrelSex”. Responding, SB said: “I’m banking on it being long enough ago for them to have forgotten.”

Others, however, seemed more pre-occupied with SB’s squirrel-based explanation:

While their identity still remains secret for now, this isn’t the first time the super-blogger has dropped clues as to who they really are. Last summer, SB was interviewed by Financial Times for its popular ‘Lunch with the FT series’ in a piece that revealed SB was “somewhere between 30 and 40”, had attended a comprehensive school and was a non-Oxbridge law grad.

The 2019 Legal Cheek Chambers Most List

Related Stories

The Secret Barrister unmasked in London burger joint

They are a 30-something Comprehensive school-educated non-Oxbridge grad, it emerges during daring interview

Jun 29 2018 4:05pm

The Secret Barrister’s legal analysis of Bananarama hit is a thing of beauty

? Come on baby, can’t you see, I stand accuuuused of love in the first degree ?

Mar 5 2018 12:35pm

‘Don’t act like you’re on a stag-do’ or ‘make repetitive jokes about breasts or skirts’, junior barrister tells male colleagues

Joanna Hardy offers nine practical pointers to improving retention of women at the criminal bar

Feb 13 2019 5:09pm